Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds Of Fire (1973) [2015 Audio Fidelity SACD AFZ5 212]
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Progressive Rock, Jazz Fusion | Audio Fidelity | AFZ5 212 | 40:35 minutes | Hosted On: NitroFlare
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Birds of Fire is Mahavishnu Orchestra's second album. It is the last studio album released by the original Mahavishnu Orchestra line-up before the group dissolved.
Emboldened by the popularity of Inner Mounting Flame among rock audiences, the first Mahavishnu Orchestra set out to further define & refine its blistering jazz-rock direction in its second -- &, no thanks to internal feuding, last -- studio album. Although it has much of the screaming rock energy & sometimes exaggerated competitive frenzy of its predecessor, Birds of Fire is audibly more varied in texture, even more tightly organized, & thankfully more musical in content. A remarkable example of precisely choreographed, high-speed solo trading -- with John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, & Jan Hammer all of one mind, supported by Billy Cobham's machine-gun drumming & Rick Laird's dancing bass -- can be heard on the aptly named "One Word," & the title track is a defining moment of the group's nearly atonal fury. The b& also takes time out for a brief bit of spaced-out electronic burbling & static called "Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love." Yet the most enticing pieces of music on the record are the gorgeous, almost pastoral opening & closing sections to "Open Country Joy," a relaxed, jocular bit of communal jamming that they ought to have pursued further. This album actually became a major crossover hit, rising to number 15 on the pop album charts, & it remains the key item in the first Mahavishnu Orchestra's slim discography. Reviewed by Richard S. Ginell allmusic.com